2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI – The GTI is currently getting into its 12th consecutive time as a winner of our own 10Best Cars prize (along with the snooze of its Golfing family), and it’s really as good as ever. The GTI is a useful car with real performance credibility at a cost that could make lots of dynamically inferior vehicles blush. But despite already having an ace in the opening, Volkswagen retains upping the ante. This season, that meant a horsepower bump over the GTI’s lineup, a limited-slip differential and more robust brakes for the GTI’s two higher cut levels, standard adaptive dampers for the topmost Autobahn cut, and wider availability of active safeness technology. We’ve been smitten with the GTI for a long time, and with Volkswagen’s commitment to the continued refinement of this little hot hatch, we expect the bloom to stay upon this rose for the foreseeable future.
The GTI considers a smattering of changes for 2018. Of all interest to buffs would be the 10-hp bump that brings every GTI to 220 horse power (on premium petrol) and the better brakes and limited-slip entrance differential that are standard on the upper-level SE and Autobahn models. The Autobahn also offers standard adaptive dampers. Last year’s Sport model has been discontinued, and then for 2018 its upgrades are available more broadly across lineup: the GTI is now able to come in S, SE, or Autobahn lean. Every GTI now has standard LED daytime running lighting and taillights, SE and Autobahn trims get a full-LED headlight array, and every model has a more substantial infotainment screen weighed against this past year. Volkswagen has added more vigorous protection technology, including pedestrian diagnosis, and has made existing features standard outside the top trim level. Buyers who choose the entry-level S model will still have limited access to active safety technology. The 2018 GTI carries Volkswagen’s new, much longer warranty, that provides six years or 72,000 a long way of limited and powertrain coverage and it is fully transferable to a subsequent owner.
2018 Volkswagen Golfing GTI Specs
Every GTI uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine unit, tuned to pump out 210 horsepower in the bottom model and 220 horsepower starting with the activity model. The standard transmitting is a six-speed manual, which we have found to be slick and worthwhile. The clutch-pedal and shifter operation are light enough that drivers with a stop-and-go commute do not need to be deterred. We more often than not like manual transmissions when they can be found, however the GTI’s six-speed dual-clutch programmed is excellent as automatics go. The dual-clutch set up allows snappy shifts and a far more performance-oriented figure than traditional automatics, and we’ve never witnessed it fumble.
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is designed to be a performance variant of the Golfing however, not an all-wheel-drive rally-inspired model like its hotter sibling, the Golfing R. It isn’t the most electric power you will get in a Golfing, however the GTI’s powertrains are so composed, so responsive, and so capable of performing tasks ranging from morning drop-off responsibility to weekend joyrides that people don’t skip the extra quickness. Plus, the GTI continues to be quicker than more direct competitors such as the Honda Civic Si and the Hyundai Elantra Sport.
2018 Volkswagen Golfing GTI Exterior
The GTI has never strayed far from the rounded two-box design dialect of the bottom Golf–which has evolved subtly within the last 40 years. Minor styling tweaks then add sporty persona to a vintage design.
If you’ve been thinking of a GTI with showstopping looks to match its sturdy performance, go back to sleep. The largest changes to the GTI this year come by means of lighting updates. LED daytime jogging lighting and taillights are now standard on all trims, the SE and Autobahn models get full-LED headlights, and Autobahns even come standard with programmed high-beams. Apart from the new lights, the sole exterior changes are a modified fascia for those “2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI” and the SE’s new standard sunroof.
A familiar silhouette makes the GTI immediately recognizable as an associate of the Golf genus, but careful observers will observe a few stylistic features that draw it as the sporty GTI kinds. A red horizontal club running the space of the front grille, red-painted brake calipers, and a unique wheel design will be the most obvious distinctions for spotting a GTI in the wild.
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Interior
Volkswagen interiors are simple and well made as a rule, and the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is not any exception. It’s good-looking and well appointed, with interior room that is about average because of this space-efficient class. The GTI’s functional interior is unchanged for 2018. Inside, the GTI continues to be uncluttered and well-crafted, with a few quality features such as standard plaid material seating and a change knob that is dimpled just like a golf ball to make it stand out from the public.
Although the primary target of the GTI is generating, buyers can still costume their hot hatch with a few luxury features. Noteworthy options include dual-zone computerized climate control and 12-way flexible leather power seating, but the GTI is plenty comfortable in bottom guise. We appreciate that heated front seating are standard.
The GTI’s high windscreen and big windows contribute to a largely unobstructed view of the street ahead. The one significant impediments to outward presence are thick back roof pillars, however the deficit seems no worse than within an average hatchback.
2018 Volkswagen Golfing GTI Prices
The base 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI required you to carefully turn a key to get started on the engine motor, which is so2010, so we chose the mid-level SE model, which added some luxury features and, after the 2018 model continues on sale, will contain the Golfing R’s limited-slip entry differential and better brakes.
There aren’t any option plans designed for SE models. We’d stick with the easygoing six-speed manual transmitting, but Volkswagen’s six-speed dual-clutch automated is just as good, if nearly as engaging. That autobox also added $1100 to the SE’s $28,815 asking price. Standard features in our chosen model included:
- Leather seats surfaces
- Keyless access with push-button start
- Eight-speaker Fender superior audio system